Salad Dressing Trivia

10 Things you never knew about Salad. 

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    1. Salad comes from the Latin word “herba salta” or “salted herbs,” so called because such greens were usually seasoned with dressings containing lots of salt.
    2. The original Caesar salad recipe did not contain anchovy; the anchovy flavor comes from the Worcestershire sauce. Ceasar Cardini, the original creator of the salad, was opposed to using anchovies in his salad.
    3. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, Americans consume salad dressing 38 times a year. That's it??
    4. Ranch is consumed 15 of those 38 times. Italian is 2nd with 6 times.
    5. The average American eats approximately 30 pounds of lettuce each year.   
    6. McDonald’s salads contain more fat than their burgers.
    7. The original wild lettuce “Lactuca serriola” was known as “prickly lettuce” and grown for medicinal purposes as it contained a milky sap which has mild sleep-inducing properties.
    8. The word “avocado” comes from ahuacatl, which means “testicle” in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. Go figure -- their shape and the fact they grow in pairs.
    9. The most abundant nutrient in iceberg lettuce is water, over 90%, so it can help to keep you hydrated. I guess that's a positive spin on it.
    10. In ancient Egypt, lettuce and particularly arugula, was considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac and was thus sacred to the fertility god Min.
So there you go - go eat some arugula and have a good night!
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